Allied Forces in Southern Europe
STATUS: Used on Italian military installations by Allied Forces before 1968. In use since approximately the 1950's.
FIRST LICENSE PLATES IN USE: 1952
PLATES WERE: oversized plates with "AFSE" under a red and gold "lion and sword" crest, all fully embossed. The number was in tall, narrow dies, sometimes roller painted, other times spray-stencilled. Plates were numbered from 1 to 9999, at which time prefix letters came into use. Even later, the series changed to letter suffixes. US military personnel stationed in Livorno had red on white plates, five digits with a "C" prefix. There also are known to exist some "official" plates, in black on white, with a "17" prefix, a letter, and a three digit number, with the legend "ITALY" across the bottom.
SINGLE PLATES OR PAIRS: Pairs
Header plate from the PL8S photo archive.
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